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Pahoa Transfer Station Garners National Award

September 19, 2012, 5:50 PM HST
* Updated September 19, 5:52 PM
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A ceremony will be held Thursday at the Pahoa Recycling & Transfer Station in recognition of an award from a national organization.

The facility developed by the Solid Waste Division of the county Department of Environmental Management has received a bronze award from the Solid Waste Association of North America.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs for practicing environmentally and economically sound solid waste management.

The Pahoa facility reopened in June 2011 following a $3.9 million renovation. Its features include solar power and a water catchment system. Recycled materials were also used including concrete from construction demolition sites in both construction and the landscaping of the site.

The landscaping also features the use of recycled and shredded tires along with crushed, recycled glass. The facility is also designed for modular expansion.

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“The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today,” said John H. Skinner, SWANA’s executive director.  “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens.”

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The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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